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    Located at 306 5th Avenue in Sterling, Illinois 815-622-9490 (Church)
403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls, Illinois (Fire Museum)


We'll be posting what's on our hearts from time to time to keep you up to speed on what we're doing and how you can be involved.

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Late August/September 2013 News

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-We'll be at the Benefit for Nathan Woessner on August 31 from 12-5 PM


at Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls.



-Saturday, Sept. 7 Taste of Fiesta at Sterling Grandon Civic Center


Inflatables and fire truck rides!



-Saturday Sept. 14 Fire Museum Fun for Families Cookout during the Fiesta Celebration from


11 AM to 3 PM at 403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls. Lunch provided at a low cost, proceeds toward the Museum roof.



-Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:00-2:00 Fundraiser for Happy Tails at 1408 McNeil Rd. in Rock Falls.


We'll have our inflatables set up


What do we do and why?

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Firehouse of God Ministries

Why We Do What We Do and You Can Too!


What Do We Do?

We feed the hungry a free meal 6 days a week and house the homeless in our Rescue Missions. Our Evangelism program consists of outreach in the community using fire truck rides, water games, sermons, and inflatables to bring joy to families. This summer we are working together with other churches youth and adults to beautify Rock Falls through cleanup and landscaping. Our fire museum is open by appointment with antique trucks, firefighting memorabilia, toys, and tools. We also open several times a year for free family fun including fire safety training, pictures with the Rock Falls Pirsch Fire Engine, free lunch, and more. We continue to participate in delivering lunches for Let’s Feed Our Children and this year have joined with the YMCA’s outreach program at Coloma Townhomes.



We want to be a light in our community and provide for the needs we see that are unmet whether it’s feeding someone who is hungry, bringing a smile to a child’s face, or making our city more beautiful through a cleanup project. It gives you joy when you know you’re making a difference in someone’s life or in a community. We want people to see who we are through our deeds, and ask for the reason behind them, which is Jesus who lives in us.



How do we do what we do? We are not a big, wealthy church. Basically, we pray the resources in. We pray the volunteers in. One of the cool things about having a small church is we have the opportunity to really see God work. When the freezers for our Feeding Program are starting to look empty, we get a phone call, and instantly they’re filled with good things to eat. When we have a financial need, we pray. The people in our area are wonderfully supportive financially and these ministries would not be possible without their help. It is a great builder of our faith when we see God provide in unique ways.


You Can Too!

Look around you. What needs do you see on daily or weekly basis in the community? What small or large part can you have in filling those needs? Whether you do it by yourself or join several organizations in working together, it’s really not that difficult if you have the desire and faith. We’re not a bunch of people with extensive training in the areas of service we do. Anyone with gifts and talents can be used by God. When God calls you to a task, He provides the resources and the skills to accomplish it. Are you available and willing? Ask God how He wants YOU to meet a need today!

Titus 3:14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.




See our calendar page for upcoming events this month!



April 2013

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This Saturday, April 20th from 10am-12pm


Canal Cleanup in Rock Falls


Meet at the church at 9:45 for a morning of cutting brush and weeds, picking up trash, and making our canal look quite a bit nicer!


April 27- I Love My Neighbor community event at the church from 11am-1 PM


May 4-Join Hands Workday Rock Falls 8:00 AM




March 2013

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An upcoming event for the family:

March 26, 27, 28 during Spring Break

Fire Museum Fun for the Family

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls

Firefighting activities with the Smoke House

Pictures with the 1928 Pirsch Rock Falls Fire Truck

Free lunch

Please email Firehouse Museum at firemuseum@comcast.net for more information.

February 2013

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Monday, February 18, 2013 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fire Museum Fun at 403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls

Firefighting activities with the Smoke House

Pictures on the 1928 Pirsch Fire Truck


Free lunch

Please call the church for more information or email firemuseum@comcast.net



Youth Group Concert Trip

Saturday, February 23

Door time: 5pm

Concert time: 6pm

Leaving church at 1:30pm

Bring $10 & food money

Back at church around midnight.

TobyMac, Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Newsong, Sidewalk Prophets, & more

January 2013

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Firehouse Ministries would like to invite you to:

Fire Museum Fun for Kids

Date / Times: January 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Location & Address: Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum, 403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls

Contact Name: Pastor Brian Tribley

Contact Phone/E-mail: 815-622-9490 firemuseum@comcast.net

Families are invited for a fun, free event. There will be inflatables, firefighting activities with the Smoke House, a free lunch, and pictures with the Rock Falls 1928 Pirsch Fire Truck. All activities are free!

Starting on Monday, January 14, we will serve both lunch and dinner Monday through Friday from 12:00-1:00 PM AND 5:00-6:00 PM, and on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 PM only. 

August 2012 Newsletter

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Volume 5 - #8 August 2012


Firehouse of God Ministries

306 5th Ave / Sterling, IL








Do you know how the Disciples and Apostles died?



Apart from Judas Iscariot, the Bible does not tell us how any of the disciples died.


Matthew 27:5 says that Judas threw down the silver in the Temple and went and hanged himself. The priests took the blood money and bought the potter's field, which they called the field of blood. Acts 1:18 has a different story, that Judas bought a field with the reward of iniquity, and fell headlong, bursting asunder and all his bowels gushed out. Because of this, the field was called the field of blood. In other words, neither Matthew nor Luke knew how Judas Iscariot died, but Matthew seems to have got his story from the Book of Zechariah. Various traditions have grown up around the supposed deaths of other disciples, but there is no evidence that supports those traditions. Here are some of these:

Peter - widely believed to have been either beheaded or crucified (upside down) in Rome.


Matthew - arrested in Ethiopia and there nailed to the ground with short spears and beheaded.


John - John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The Apostle John was later freed and returned to what is now modern-day Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.


James, the brother of Jesus (not officially an apostle) - thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat him to death with a club. This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the temptation.


Bartholomew, also know as Nathanael - a missionary to Asia, he witnessed in present-day Turkey and was martyred for his preaching in Armenia, when he was flayed to death by a whip.


Andrew - was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Greece.


Thomas - stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church there.


Matthias (the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot) - stoned and then beheaded.


Paul - tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67.


There are traditions regarding the other apostles as well, but none with any reliable historical or traditional support.


St. James (son of Zebedee) was beheaded by King Herod in Palestine


St. Philip was crucified. St. James the Less (son of Aphaeus) was thrown from the pinnacle of the temple at Jerusalem and dispatched with a club where he fell, or crucified or stoned.


St. Simon was crucified.


St. Jude was "cruelly put to death" by the Magi of Persia, or crucified.


We do not know how any of the disciples died. Even Judas, the only disciple whose death is mentioned in the Bible seems to have died in two quite different ways: In Matthew's Gospel, Judas returned the money to the priests and then hanged himself. They bought a piece of land for the burial of Gentiles. In Acts of the Apostles, Judas did not return the money, bought himself some land with the money, but fell down headlong and died.

The Acts of the Apostles specifically records the death of James the son of Zebedee – Act 12:1 And at that time Herod the king threw on his hands to oppress some of those of the church. Act 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.


Many traditions grew up in the second and third centuries about the glorious and noble deaths of the disciples, but none seems to be based on fact. If even the biblical record, written within a hundred years of the supposed event, contains contradictions about the death of Judas, then these traditions should be considered as no more than pious preachings, designed to enhance the status of the disciples



August Events & Activities




8th – Andrew Buntjer

9th – Tony Quinones

14th – Ruby Coleman

27th – Sean Broughton

30th – Mark Broughton



17th – Pastor Brian

17th – Cory & Alicia Olalde



Let’s Feed the Children – every Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday


4th – 10:00am – 2:00pm Albany Outreach event

5th – Friendship Day

7th – 5:30pm-7:30pm – National Night Out – we will have inflatables in Wallace, Douglas & Lincoln Park **

15th – 6:30pm-8: 30pm Rock River Christian Center / Rock Falls Kids program – we are taking inflatables

16th – last Let’s Feed the Children

17th – 12:00pm - Let’s Feed the Children Volunteer Appreciation lunch at 1st Christian Church / 3400 1st Ave / Sterling



**National Night Out – A community event to be held at Wallace Park, Douglas Park, Propheter Park & Lincoln Park. The event is being held to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and their local law enforcement. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.


5:30-6:30 social time / 6:30-6:45 presentations

7:00-7:30-neighborhood walk


Bring your own chair – lemonade & cookies provided








Community Light


Matthew 5:16 let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father


Homeless Coordinator – Mike Russell

Men’s Rescue Mission Coordinator – Barb Evans

Council House Caretaker – Robert Pyron

Dinner/Lunch Shift Leaders – Mike Russell, Keven Miller, Marcia Rodekamp, Barb Evans

Youth Leader – Josh Stroud

Assistant Youth Leader – Clayton Conrady

Children’s Church Coordinator – Erin Stroud








Old News Items


Postville Herald, Allamakee co. Iowa

Thursday, March 10, 1921


The State Tramp Law

"Any male person 16 years of age or over, physically able to perform manual labor, who is wandering about, practicing common begging, or having no visible calling or business to maintain himself, and is unable show reasonable efforts in good faith to secure employment, is a tramp, and any person convicted of being a tramp shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor in the county jail, not exceeding ten days, or by imprisonment in such jail in solitary confinement not exceeding five days."


LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel June 14, 1921



Two of Them Were Staging Race on Main Street

On Thursday evening, Miss Fern Maxwell was arrested by Bert Welsh, motorcycle policeman on a charge of speeding with her automobile on the streets. The officer arrested Walter Hammond at the same time.

According to the officer, the two were putting on a pretty race with their cars on the street. Mayor Cooper assessed a fine of ten dollars and costs each against the speeders








What’s Happening at the Firehouse?







Wow! I am having trouble grasping for words to express this past month. The Holy Spirit is working so fluently in our church. He always wants to, but we have to being willing to hear Him and set aside our own plans to take the steps He is setting before us. It's a daily dying of flesh and personal desires. There is nothing like being inside of the will of our Father. When we fix our minds on Him, the chaos the enemy wants us to fear and focus on disappears in the light of His face. He has never lost control, and there is such an indefinable peace in knowing that. This month in the kid's ministry, we have been going back to the times Jesus walked the earth. Feeling led to introduce the children to who this Jesus is that we serve; there was a more focused and sincere prayer time we experienced with them. I believe this is because they knew Him even better. Let us never stop seeking to know Him better so we can know the difference between the enemy and our God. As we know, the enemy can dress himself quite beautifully making it easier to deceive us. Please pray they are truly learning and hiding away the Word in their heart so they are equipped for the things they may face this school year. God, let them be a light.


We enjoyed a night of fun and worship at a Go Fish Guys concert with ten kids attending. This was a great time of getting to know them even better. Thank you for trusting us with them. It was a blessing!









Friendship Circle – watch the bulletins for the September start-up date









Don’t forget to sign up to cook for the Council House!








The children we sponsor in Haiti always welcome cards & letters – see Annie Vroman regarding any supplies that may be needed






On the lighter side…


The story is told of the Atheist who accosted a preacher. "Do you believe in eternal life?" The preacher has no time to reply. "Well its a load of rubbish!" shouted the Atheist. "I believe in science, evolution, survival of the fittest, and when we die, that's it! No eternal life, no great judgment, and no God!"


The Atheist continues his assault against the preacher repetitiously and tirelessly. "Eternal life! Eternal life! Ha! "Its all pie in the sky when you die." When I die that's it, the end, no eternal life, no nothing.


He continues, until he reaches his climax, "I will be buried six feet under when I die and that's it! Nothing! Caput! When I die I am utterly convinced that that will be the end of me!"


"Well thank God for that" replies the preacher

A man walked into a gift shop that sold religious items. Near the cash register he saw a display of caps with "WWJD" printed on all of them.


He was puzzled over what the letters could mean, but couldn't figure it out, so he asked the clerk.


The clerk replied that the letters stood for "What Would Jesus Do", and was meant to inspire people to not make rash decisions, but rather to imagine what Jesus would do in the same situation.


The man thought a moment and then replied, "Well, I'm sure Jesus wouldn't pay $17.95 for one of these caps."


The Harbinger


Mr. Cahn has also written a book by the same name – it is “fiction” but is written as a conversation between the main character and a prophet – everything that is written is word for word what we saw on the video enhanced – gives you time to contemplate the meaning and seriousness as you read.


If you don’t have access to CD player or computer this is an excellent way for you to have the information on hand.


The cost of the book was $13.74 plus tax



Harbinger #1 – The Breach




8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;

it will fall on Israel.

9 All the people will know it—

Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria —

who say with pride

and arrogance of heart,

10 “The bricks have fallen down,

but we will rebuild with dressed stone;

the fig trees have been felled,

but we will replace them with cedars. ”


Isaiah 9:8-10



















Are we prepared to answer questions?

Many of us here at the Firehouse were brought up in different faiths and some of us had no teaching before coming here – if we are to evangelize, we should all not only be able to answer questions put to us by new Christians and unbelievers but we should all be giving the SAME answer! - Below are some questions for you to contemplate, research the Bible and answer to the best of your ability (without asking Pastor Brian). Write down your answers with Biblical backup and submit them for the next newsletter (there will not be room to print them all). I will also print Pastor Brian’s response to each question.


Will unbelievers be saved on Judgment Day?


Here’s a chance to dig deep into your Bible for an answer (if, indeed there is one). Do you believe they will be saved? Why? Or, why not?


Are there degrees of sin?


Does the Bible say there are degrees of sin? Do you believe that there is and if you do, are there also degrees of punishment?

Once saved, always saved


Do you believe that is true and why do you believe it (or not believe it) – find answers in your Bible












June 2012 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue #6 Jun 2012







Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?



The Roman Road – the Road to Salvation

The Roman Road teaching is generally used to introduce those who have given their life to Christ for the first time – but they can also be used to renew and strengthen the faith of those of us who have been well grounded in our faith for a length of time. So, whether you are a “new” Christian walking the Road to Salvation for the first time, or an “old” Christian who has been walking the Road all of their life, it is important that you read and remember these verses…


The Roman Road to Salvation is one of simplest, straight- forward messages on the subject of salvation - It is based on four scriptures found in the book of Romans.


There are 6 truths revealed in these 4 verses.


Verse 1. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” - Romans 3:23. This is a powerful simple truth, and is a great motivation for why we preach. Everyone has sinned. “There is none righteous, No Not One.” Rom. 3:10. This puts us all in the same category.


John said “If any man says he has not sinned he is a liar”. Everyone has sinned. Mamas, daddies, babies, the scripture says we “were conceived in sin. “Psalm 51:5. We were born in sin. Everyone has the same need.


Verse 2. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US!”


We have a condition it’s called sin. But the Love of God has provided a cure. His name is Jesus. God, recognizing that we have a condition we cannot cure, has provided one for us. The sacrifice of Jesus. Oh, that he would die for me a sinner!


Verse 3. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift* of God is eternal life.” Romans 6:23. There are two truths revealed here. Sin has brought death. But eternal life is a Free Gift!


Salvation is a free gift. It cannot be earned, it cannot be paid back - it is free. But if we reject that which is free we deserve what we get - Death, judgment, condemnation, and eternal damnation. Salvation is FREE! All you have to do is accept it.


Verse 4. “That if you will confess with your mouth Jesus AS Lord, and believe in your heart God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom. 10:9. At this point you want your listeners to pray and make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.


Keep your prayers simple, having them repeat after you - acknowledge your sin and your need for cleansing - that Christ will cleanse and forgive your sin. Pray that the Holy Spirit would come into your life and give you assurance. Remember the need to go to church and study the bible for strength.


You'll Have Doubts About Your Conversion, Word of God (excerpt) - Alex Murashko, Christian Post Reporter


Having doubts about Christianity even after having just made a profession of faith in Jesus is inevitable for new believers, say pastors, including Harvest Ministries founder Greg Laurie.


"One of the first challenges new Christians face is having doubts about their conversion and about the Word of God in general," Laurie told The Christian Post recently via email. "One must recognize that faith should be built on God's Word, not on our fleeting emotions."


"I have met people who have said, 'I tried Christianity, and it didn't work for me.' But Christianity is the Person of Jesus, and not some 'product' or 'system' we try," Lasseigne told CP. "Not every person who comes forward, goes forward.


"Christ died for our sins on the cross, so that we can receive His forgiveness, and it comes down to our decision to accept Him and follow Him, or not," he continued. "The problem is not with the salvation God provides, it's with the heart of the person rejecting it. In the parable of the sower, Jesus warned that some people would respond, but then quickly fall away, because of either difficulties and persecutions, or because of the cares and concerns of this world – Matthew 13"


Laurie warns about the challenges ahead for those having just made a decision to accept Jesus into their lives.


"Just as the devil came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and challenged Gods' Word by saying 'Did God really say you cannot eat of every tree?' he will come to the new believer," Laurie said. "The new believer needs to immediately begin with Bible study and memorization."


He explained, "The Bible says that 'faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). The Bible promises believers – young and old alike – that they can be sure of their salvation: 'These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.'" 1 John 5:13


When Lasseigne was asked about what he would say to new believers in order to prepare them for the doubts ahead, he answered:


"You'll have doubts! - Mark 9:24; Luke 7:18-19 - We strongly exhort new believers, and all believers, to read, study, and obey God's Word. It takes time to study, learn, and grow in our understanding of Scripture. (I'm still learning – I still have questions!)


"God's Word is absolutely true – so our doubts arise from our inability to understand," he continued. "Doubts are actually natural, and I like to remind believers that doubt is not the opposite of faith, unbelief is! Doubt is part of growing in our faith. But at the same time, while honest doubts do come, chronic and unfounded doubts are very dangerous.


"Often times, we simply need to believe our beliefs, and doubt our doubts." However, Lasseigne warns that there is no hope apart from Christ when someone has renounced their decision altogether.


"Religion will not save you, neither will education, science, or morality – salvation is only thru faith in Christ (John 3:16, John 14:6; Acts 4:12)," the Riverside, Calif., pastor said. "Jesus himself said that if we confess Him, he'll confess us in heaven; but if we deny Him, he'll deny us in heaven (Matt. 10:32-33). If you renounce Christ, you renounce any hope of salvation. There is no other sacrifice for our sins, and only judgment remains (Heb. 10:26-27)."


Laurie was asked about what he might say to the new believer about the journey ahead.


"On more than one occasion, the Christian life is compared to running a race. If it is a race, then it is not a sprint, but a long-distance run. This is why Jesus said if we want to be His disciples we must take up the cross daily and follow Him (see Luke 9:23)," Laurie said.


"Many years ago, a young man named Billy Sunday received Jesus Christ into his life. An older believer gave him some advice that he never forgot. He said, 'William, there are three simple rules I wish you'd practice. If you do, no one will ever write 'backslider' after your name: Take 15 minutes each day to let God talk to you; allow 15 minutes to talk to Him; and then spend 15 minutes telling others about the Savior.'















Youth Update from Josh Stroud


Summer is now upon us and the opportunities to share your faith are endless. People are out and about with family picnics, sporting events, group outings, and with Firehouse of God ministry opportunities there are plenty of ways to show the love of Christ to our community. In youth, we started a series that highlights how to share your faith and also skims the surface of different religions and what they believe. This will equip the teens to share their faith effectively to people of all backgrounds.


In addition, at the end of July we are going to create an area wide event that is focused on getting out and showing God’s love in the community. We are working out the details, but it will include some kids ministry in the morning and some community projects in the afternoon. We look forward to God using this to open doors in the community for us to show the love of Christ. These events are just limited to teens, but if an adult feels a calling to the local community and wants to help out, please see me (Josh). We would love to see the church team up to make this outreach a special event that changes lives forever.



Children’s Ministry Update from Erin Stroud


The Armor of God lessons seem to be getting through to the kids on Sunday mornings. They are learning who their real enemy is (the devil) and how powerful their God is! Each week the lesson focuses on a new piece of spiritual armor that God has given us to battle the attacks Satan throws at Jesus’ followers. They get to watch videos of children acting out a drama in a school setting…just like the issues they might face each day, it shows them they aren’t alone.


Following the Armor of God, I believe God is leading me in the direction of teaching the kids more about their Savior. Keep bringing the kids this summer and they will be taken into Nazareth to meet the boy Jesus and learn more about His life here on earth. We all want to see the kids fall in love with God…without this key element, what’s the point? So excited to see what God has planned!


Blessings, Erin





House #1 - Organizations in Sterling and Rock Falls have been contacted requesting help in replenishing hygiene products for the Rescue Mission program in both House #1 and House #2



At print time, a large donation of hygiene items was received from the Sterling Kiwanis!



House #2




A golf cart has been purchased to make it easier to transport supplies, etc. back and forth from the church saving money used for gas in the church van that was previously making these many trips!



Sharing and Caring



Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch


The weekly cooking of meals for the Council House has been a huge success!.


Greeter Ministry – more volunteers needed!






June Events & Activities




3rd – Elizabeth Tribley 22nd – Micah Buyno

4th – Joan Willis 22nd – Ronnie Haahr (C.H.)

12th – Nancy McCallister 25th – Joel Moore

13th – Keven Miller 30th – Clifford Lauts (C.H.)


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Let’s Feed the Children – every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday


2nd – 11:00am – 3:00pm City of God “Feed One-Reach One” event at Wallace Park in Sterling – fire truck rides and 2 inflatables

2nd – 10:00am – 5:00pm – Sauk Valley Christian Academy (formerly Sterling Christian School) Kids Carnival (see below)

14th – Flag Day

20th – First Day of summer

23rd – 2:00pm – 4:00pm Tampico Days at United Methodist Church – Firehouse will be taking the water slides & giving fire truck rides

25th – 29th – Berean Baptist Church Day Camp for ages 4-12 – on Thursday we will take fire truck for their annual Water Fun Day! more details to follow in weekly bulletin


Kids Carnival – as support for the Academy, the Firehouse will be providing free 3 inflatables for the carnival – admission is FREE – there will be games with prizes, 6 bicycle raffles and dunk tank. Lunch is available at reasonable prices. Grand reopening ribbon cutting at 1:00pm.



Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church







Community Light




Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father


Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program


Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.













Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans


Council House Caretaker

Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow


Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse


Youth Leader

Josh Stroud


Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady


Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud





























Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse





Old News Items…


Waukon Standard Waukon, Iowa - July 5, 1905


Killing and Curing


The man who invented the rapid firing gun won fame, but the man who discovered anesthesia died neglected. It is more profitable to kill than to cure. ---Montgomery Advertiser



Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.






Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.












The very first Firehouse newsletter May 2007!

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Firehouse of God FIRST Newsletter May 2007 - it's come a long way!

May 2007

1st Issue!



Firehouse of God Ministries

Newsletter – Issue #1 - May 2007



Message from Pastor Brian………


Spring is upon us – the time of the rebirth of God’s creations. Now is the time we should be thinking about the rebirth of our Faith…. time to plant the seeds of Faith in others by witnessing our Faith to them and watching them grow and be saved!


Our Community Light Rescue Program is off the ground and running! We currently have four men and two women in residence. In order for the program to continue to grow, volunteers are always needed. See the Community Light Program section for contact names and phone numbers.


Please pray that God will continue to bless this program that we may help and direct those in need.


Pastor Brian


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Volunteers are always needed in every area – both men and women. Have you served the Lord lately? If not, give a thought to the following – call the church if you are interested in helping out in one of these areas.


Prepare and/or serve the daily meal

Community Light Rescue Program

Children’s Church Ministry


Visit the homebound

Provide transportation – drive the church van


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Community Light Program


Not only are we now housing the men and women in the apartments, but also we are feeding 20-25 hungry people six days a week. Thanks and blessings to all those who cook, serve, cleanup, bring in food or in any way serve at the noon meal.


If you would like to be a part of this exciting program contact one of the following:


Community Light



Men’s Rescue Leaders:


Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father


Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program



Curt Disher – 815-375-0168

Jeff Purcell – 815-626-4851


Women’s Rescue Leaders:


Paul Buyno – 815-499-5336

Trisha Jankowski – 815-715-2606

Barb Morthland – 815-622-4095


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Did we get your email address!


If you were not here the Sunday we collected email addresses and want yours listed to receive communications from the Firehouse, you may contact Barb Morthland here at church on a Sunday, call her at 815-622-4095 or email b.morthland@insightbb.com


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Bible verses to ponder this month:


1 Timothy 5:13 (New International Version)


Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to


Proverbs 26:20 (New International Version)


Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down


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Have you read a good book?


Let us know the name/author for the next newsletter. If you would like to share your copy with others, please bring it to the church. Write your name inside the cover if you wish the book returned to you; if not, we’ll add it to the church library.


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Monday Men’s Ministry


Another exciting (and growing) program here at the Firehouse! Men from various churches meet here in the church every Monday night. They take turns leading the discussion for the evening; it may be their personal witnessing or it could be a chapter or verse from the Bible that has great meaning for them or they may share trials and tribulations they have endured or goodness and blessings they have received from God. Whatever the topic, it is an evening of fellowship, sharing, and learning. The attendance has grown from 8 to 20!


Tuesday Women’s Ministry


On Tuesday, May 8th, we will begin something new in the Women’s Ministry. Mary Ann Stern, one of our Rescue Mission residents, will speak to us in the first half hour; she will be the first of several speakers we have lined up – people of different ages and different stages of their walk with Christ will share their life with us. In the 2nd half hour, Ruby will as always, lead us in devotion and prayer. We invite all you women to join us (and bring a friend if you wish).


May 15th – Danielle Lopez – May 22nd – Barb Morthland – May 29th – Veronica Disher


Sharing of personal information is considered confidential – please honor that.


Thursday Adult Discipleship


Currently reading 2nd Peter, 1st Chapter – there is much interaction between members of the group while discussing the reading. We bring the Word to life!


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Don’t know where to look in the Bible for a subject? Link to www.biblegateway.com - type in word (ex. Troubled) in the “search the Bible” box and it will bring up all the Bible verses pertaining to that subject.

May Celebrations Mark your calendars!


Birthdays – May 12th – Sammantha Buntjer / 21st – Manny Campos / 25th Veronica Disher / 30th – Olivia Buyno


Anniversary – Let us know when your wedding anniversary is and we’ll include it in the newsletter for that month.



Scheduled Activities


May 5th – Youth Bake Sale – 7:00 a.m. until noon at 1012 W 2nd, Rock Falls – If you would like to contribute baked goods, please have them at the church by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4th.


May 10th – Pastor Brian will be doing chapel at Sterling Christian School at 8:30 a.m. using the fire truck.


May 12th – Saturday night service – view the John Hagge DVD “2007 The Year of Destiny”, part of “The Edge of Time” series.


May 13th – Mother’s Day – last year we had a Mother’s Day breakfast, but we are unable to do it this year because of the repair work going on in the fellowship hall. However, this special Sunday has been designated Peanut Butter and Jelly Sunday! Bring a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to church on Mother’s Day.


This will be the kick-off for the summer community “Let’s Feed Our Children Program”. Last year 21,057 sack lunches were given out to children who come to pre-designated places to pick them up! The program runs from June 5th through August 16th on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.


This year Firehouse of God would like to become more active in the program and use the fire truck to deliver lunches to the children. We also will need volunteers (there’s that V word again!) to make the meals, pack the bags and serve them. What a powerful way to make our presence known in the community!


· Softball Practice – The church softball season is from May 29th through July 17th. Practice will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Sinnissippi Park. Games will be on Tuesday at either 6:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.


· Firehouse youth are going to the Crossroads Youth Center every Wednesday


· Kids Cadets is over for the summer season.


Please notify Barb Morthland if you have any events planned for June that you would like to see in the newsletter.


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If you need a ride to the Saturday night service please call the church before 4:45 p.m.

If you need a ride to the Sunday service, please call before 9:00 a.m.



10:30 a.m. – Morning Service / Children’s Church & Nursery


7:00 p.m. – Men’s Ministry


7:00 p.m. – Women’s Ministry


7:00-8:30 p.m. – Firehouse Youth


7:00 p.m. – Thursday Night Rescue / Discipleship Class for Adults


7:00 p.m. – Saturday Night Service

Make a Prayer Shawl!


What is a prayer shawl? – it is a knitted or crocheted shawl that is done by both women and men as a spiritual practice. A prayer is said as the shawl is begun and then many prayers are added with the stitches. Most of the time the recipient of the shawl is not known, but the recipient receives the message that many people have been praying for them and will continue to do so. Each shawl is a blend of prayers, talents, gifts and grace.


The shawls are done in a pattern of three, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. Finished shawls are two to three feet wide and six to seven feet long with the finishing fringe. The shawls are gifts freely given with no strings attached. They are not for sale – they are gifts of love.


Sometimes the persons making the shawls gather in a group while making the shawl – others prefer doing it on their own. You can use the following instructions or design your own!




3 skeins yarn – your choice of colors

size 11 or 13 needles


cast on 57 stitches


work in pattern of knit 3, purl 3 –always start with knit 3


always knit the purls and purl the knits to avoid ribbing pattern to appear


continue in knit 3, purl 3 pattern until shawl is 6 feet long


finish off with fringe (4-6” long) on both ends




3 or more skeins yarn – your choice of colors

size N hook


chain 54 stitches or your desired width


chain 1, turn, single crochet in each of the stitches to the end –chain 3 and turn


double crochet in top of each single crochet – repeating this row 2 more times –chain 1 and do 1 row of single crochet


repeat the pattern of 1 row of single crochet and 3 rows of double crochet until shawl measure 6 feet, ending with row of single crochet.


Finish with fringe (4-6” long) at each end.



Name the Newsletter!

Can you think of a snappy, appropriate name for our newsletter?

Write it down and turn it in to Barb sometime this month



Hope you enjoyed this first newsletter – remember, it’s YOUR news – if you have anything you would like to contribute let me know – if you have any suggestions for content, format, etc. let me know that too!…………Barb

May 2012 Newsletter

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#5 May 2012







Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?



What Is the Origin of Making the Sign of the Cross? X

Rachel Lovejoy

Rachel Lovejoy has been a professional journalist since 1990. She has been a correspondent for the "Journal Tribune" and a guest writer for the "Maine Sunday Telegram" and has written for several weekly newspapers owned by Current Publishing. Lovejoy has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Maine.



Most of us believe that “making the sign of the Cross is limited to Catholics and that it is simply a Catholic ritual – however that is not true – making the sign is common in some Protestant faiths too – Lutherans are encouraged to do it in Luther’s Small Catechism and it has become common in Lutheran churches today. Some Methodist churches also practice making the sign of the cross.


Crucifixion was the standard form of execution during the time of Christ. The sign of the cross is an ancient practice that reaffirms the belief in Jesus' atonement for the world's sins. Mainly Catholics practice it, and while its origins are unknown, it is believed to have originated not long after Jesus' death.


Christ's death is thought to have taken place around the year 33 AD. As Christianity grew, writers such as Tertullian, who encouraged early Christians to make the sign of the cross, spread Jesus’ doctrines. Subsequent religious figures continued to promote its use. Basil, bishop of Cappadocia, believed that the sign had been used by the apostles to indicate those who believed in Jesus.


Tertullian's description of the sign suggests that it was made on the forehead with one finger, and early Christians may have consulted Biblical references that mention making a mark on the forehead to indicate God's claim, states "Christianity Today."


There is no dispute over the centrality of the Cross in the spirituality and understanding of the Church. The first definitive written records of Christians “making the sign of the Cross” come from the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries. Scholars have long noted that practices/beliefs were assumed and already well in effect (like the Scriptures) by the time they were in written form.


The current evidence is that the sign of the Cross was traced with one finger (most likely the thumb) on the forehead (and over the mouth when reading Scripture) and over anyone or anything Christians wished to consecrate. The Cross was traced with the right hand (unless one was disabled, etc.), which itself symbolized intimacy with the Christ “who sits at the right hand of God.”


The making the sign of the Cross on one’s forehead corresponds with the ancient cultures of the Scriptures (e.g. Genesis 4; Ezekiel 9). Marks on the forehead conspicuously display and proclaim the spiritual condition or identity of the person as seen and identified by God.


By the 4th century, the sign of the Cross began to be traced by two (the index and middle) fingers. It also reflected how bishops or (beginning with the 4th century) presbyters (when they began to function as priests) blessed others; the classic Roman gesture for public speaking was the two fingers extended. By the 8th century, the two fingers came to symbolize the two natures of Christ and to distinguish Christians in the East under Islamic rule from Muslims who, as some sources from that time show, lifted “one finger when asking Allah for forgiveness.”


By mid 9th century the “three fingers” are replacing the “two finger sign” (though in the East it did not become universal until after the 17th century following the Old Believer Schism in Russia), expanding the focus that through the crucified Jesus we enter communion with the Holy Trinity. In the 13th century in the West, we have the first mention of some who “make the sign of the Cross from the left to the right,” the reasons varying from crossing from misery (left) to glory (right) to mirroring the priest blessing them


Regardless of how the Cross was (is) traced in the various traditions, the Church has understood its expression as concretely identifying oneself with the Lord who, through His crucifixion, fully participates in our humanity, which then, as seen in the resurrection-ascension, brings us to organically participate in the life of the Trinity. The Cross symbolizes (“brings together”) God’s organic descent into death and darkness, through which we are given back to Him. It also symbolizes our embracing the spiritual battle within the deserts of our hearts and choosing to see things from the perspective of the God who shows His all-powerful and sovereign Love by giving up control of His very life on the Cross.


The sign is also used by priests and pastors when making a blessing upon someone or something. It is most commonly accompanied by the words “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost”.
















The Friendship Circle










Hi Everyone!


Wow – time is flying by – as I write this it is already the middle of April and by the time you read it, it will be May 1st.


I am sorry I haven’t shared with you before now information on what is happening with our Haiti kids, Ruth and Karl. I want to share a bit on what we have done so far.


Earlier this year, in February I believe, we sent little Ruth a birthday box filled with a variety of fun things all wrapped in brightly colored tissue paper. I am sure she was wide eyed as she opened the box and saw its contents. A huge thanks to all who contributed to filling her box with surprises.


Karl will be having a birthday in August and I hope to do the same for him as well. Keep this in mind and think about donating a gift for him. I will have more details later on.


As of this writing, from donations I received, I have also purchased, prepared and sent school supplies for Ruth and Karl, as well as some items for the teacher and classroom.


God bless you all and thanks so much for all your help…couldn’t do it without you!


Don’t forget – kids love mail! Write a letter or send a card even if it is just to say “Hi”! …Annie Vroman




House #1 - All going well – currently housing 3 men






House #2 - Renovation completed – currently housing 2 men upstairs




The shed has a new roof thanks to Cory Olalde who donated the labor!



Sharing and Caring



Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch


The weekly cooking of meals for the Council House has been a huge success!.


Greeter Ministry – more volunteers needed!






May Events & Activities




12th – Sammantha Abell 24th – Joe Magana

13th – Roger Hampton 26th – Mike Rodekamp

22nd – Dickie Case (Council House)




10th – Carl & Barbara Rodekamp – 61 years!


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3rd – National Day of Prayer

12th – Postal Worker’s Food Drive

13th – Mother’s Day

19th – 11:00a-3:00p Outreach in Oregon at Dillehay Park –volunteers are needed

28th – Memorial Day

29th – Let’s Feed the Children – we will be participating each Tue, Wed and Thu – volunteers needed – contact Pastor Brian or Barb Evans if interested



Notes from April - Pastor Brian has introduced a serious and compelling series of sermons on the seriousness of what is happening in our world today and how it effects everyone of us here at the Firehouse of God



Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church



Old News Items…


Sutherland Courier - Sutherland, Iowa Nov 4, 1898


Four gasoline street lamps were put in position Wednesday by the town authorities. One was placed at Woodbury's corner, one at the corner by the State Bank, another on the corner by the former D. Hockert store and the fourth on the south side of Second street in front of L. Schwerdtfeger's shoe shop.


The lamps are of the pattern used largely in cities and are the best that could be had. They cost $5 each at Cleveland, Ohio.



LeMars, Iowa Sentinel November 1882


-Flood, famine, tornado, mine disaster—to say nothing of the Martinique horror (Mont Pelee eruption)—have followed each other so closely that it is little wonder that believers in the literal sense of the Bible hold that the consummation of the age is at hand. In the face of such horrors as these the Christendom of 500 years ago would have been on its knees. It might be well if the Christendom of today were to take to its knees. The attitude is one that one seldom assumes.



Two Prayers


Last night my little boy confessed to me

Some childish wrong;

And kneeling at my knee,

He prayed with Tears-

“Dear God, make me a man

Like Daddy-wise and strong,

I know You can

Then while he slept

I knelt beside his bed;

Confessed my sins,

And prayed with bow-downed head;

“O God, make me a child

Like my child here-

Pure, guileless,

Trusting Thee with faith sincere”.


By Andrew Gillies





Community Light




Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father


Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program


Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.













Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans


Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow


Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse


Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble


Youth Leader

Josh Stroud


Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady


Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud






























Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse







Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.













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